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Prince had presented her with, which very much surprised them, for they did not know her. While Cinderella was thus amusing her sisters, she heard the clock strike eleven and three-quarters, whereupon she immediately made a courtesy to the company and hasted away as fast as she could.
Being got home, she ran to seek out her godmother, and, after having thanked her, she said she could not but heartily wish she might go next day to the ball, because the King's son had desired her.
As she was eagerly telling her godmother whatever had passed at the ball, her two sisters knocked at the door, which Cinderella ran and opened.
' How long you have stayed!' cried she, gaping, rubbing her eyes and stretching herself as if she had been just waked out of her sleep ; she had not, however, any manner of inclination to sleep since they went from home.
' If thou hadst been at the ball,' says one of her sisters, ' thou wouldst not have been tired with it. There came thither the finest princess, the most beautiful ever was seen with mortal eyes; she showed us a thousand civilities, and gave us oranges and citrons.'
Cinderella seemed very indifferent in the matter; indeed, she asked them the name of that princess ; but they told her they did not know it, and that the King's son was very uneasy on her account and would give all the world to know who she was. At this Cinderella, smiling, replied :
' She must, then, be very beautiful indeed ; how happy yon have been ! Could not I see her ? Ah! dear Miss Charlotte, do lend me your yellow suit of clothes which you wear every day.'
' Ay, to be sure!' cried Miss Charlotte ; ' lend my clothes to such a dirty Cinderwench as thou art! I should be a fool.'
Cinderella, indeed, expected well such answer, and was very glad of the refusal; for she would have been sadly put to it if her sister had lent her what she asked for jestingly.
The next day the two sisters were at the ball, and so was Cinderella, but dressed more magnificently than before. The King's son was always by her, and never ceased his compliments and kind speeches to her; to whom all this was so far from being tiresome that she quite forgot what her godmother had reco'n-mended to her; so that she, at last, counted the clock striking twelve when she took it to be no more than eleven ; she then rose up and fled, as nimble as a deer. The Prince followed, but could